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Informational Writing-Mrs. Larsen's English

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Introductions should always have three things:
Informational essays always include:
Now you're an informational writing expert.
Congratulations!
What do I want to teach or inform my audience of?
Organization
Introduction Paragraph
How do your necessary pieces fit together?
What parts make sense to put 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
Are there things that wouldn't make sense unless there were other parts before it?

Look at your necessary information. What would be the best order for what you want to say? Fill in that order on the bottom section of your paper.
Hook
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December 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Purpose:
What is the purpose of informational writing?
Conclusion Paragraph
Teach
information about an issue, subject, or idea.
Analyze and explain information to
inform
the reader.
Examples of informative writing:
Newspapers
Biographies
Autobiographies
Magazines
Articles
Reports
Make sure you state the significance of your topic as well as it's implications.
Informational Writing
Overview
Thesis
This is usually the first sentence of an introduction. A hook is a sentence that gets the readers attention and makes them
want
to keep reading.
An overview gives some
background information
on the topic.

This is a few sentences (3-5) which
prepare your reader
for the information that's coming next...
The thesis sentence is typically the last sentence in an introduction
Executing Your Purpose
What the heck is an accordion?
An accordion is an instrument that creates sounds when someone
stretches
it to be bigger or smaller.
As a writer, you will
stretch
your body paragraphs to include more information and explanation of your topic.
An accordion can also describe
pattern
of folding something
back and forth
or in and out
As a writer, you will follow a
back and forth pattern
when creating your body paragraphs.
BOOM: Accordion Paragraphs
Questions
Facts
Quotes
Try using
Question:
What is the most important part of travel
Fact:
Three out of every ten people miss out on breakfast each morning.
Quote:
"Basketball is simple, unless you don't have any skills."
This is one sentence that tells a reader the
main idea of your whole essay
.
Thesis Statement Examples:

There are many different cheeses that one can eat for breakfast, however, some are better than others.

The most helpful technological device created recently is the GPS.

Reading twenty minutes every night is beneficial for students.
Body Paragraphs
When writing body paragraphs it would be helpful to
c
o
l
o
r

c
o
d
e
sentences and check for accurate
organization
.

Example:
Topic Sentence
Main Idea #1
Support for Idea #1
Main Idea #2
Support for Idea #2
Concluding Sentence
You need to decide what information is
absolutely necessary
to accomplish your purpose.
PURPOSE:to inform others about polar bear endangerment
Body Paragraph: Polar Bear Characteristics and survival needs
Body Paragraph: Polar Bear Habitats and their current state
Body Paragraph: Polar Bear Endangerment and how to help
Example:
Topic Sentences
The E's
Transitions
Topic sentences tell the reader what your paragraph is going to be about.
Occasion/Position Statements
Transitions
bridge the gap
between ideas. They l
ead the reader
to a new idea and explain connections for the reader.
First ---> Second ---> Third
A good ---> A better ---> A best
To begin ---> Next ---> A final
One example ---> Another example
To begin ---> Finally
Transitions can be words or phrases!
When using
"The E's"
you will be giving the reader more information about your topic by PROVING what you know!
"The E's"
are the "meat" of your writing- sort of like this meat dress, but not nearly as scary.

Your writing should always include:
E
xamples
E
vidence
E
vents
E
xperiences
E
xpert Opinion
E
xplanations
E
ffective Illustrations
Want to make sure you have a strong essay?
Check for
"E"
sentences.
There are many ways to write a topic sentence, but here are three of the most common...
Occasion=
event/reason which caused you to write
Position
= what you want people to know
Example: Although there are many beautiful places to take a vacation,

the best place to go is the beach.
Try using occasion words like these to get started:
After Before Whenever Although
When While Even if Whether
However Statements
However Statements involve using a
semicolon to join two complete sentences
. They help to
organize
your topic sentence into two logical parts.
Try using words like this to
join
complete sentences:
As a result Next Instead Consequently
Therefore In fact Likewise Still
Example: Many people have cell phones at school
; however,
it is forbidden to use devices during class.
Sentence 1
Sentence 2
And, But, Or Statements
Conjunctions join together ideas.
And, But, Or Statements use
conjunctions
to
join two ideas
that otherwise would not be complete sentences.
Conjunctions are:
F
or
A
nd
N
or
B
ut
O
r
Y
et
S
o
Example:
My mom likes to help others
, so
she volunteers at the hospital each week.
Let's see some examples of purposes
I want to teach about eggs.
I want to inform my audience about college.
I want to teach my audience about lucrative countries to live in outside the U.S.
I want to inform my audience of the best types of cheeses for each meal.
Now, write yours!
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